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Cadet Life

Welcome from the Commandant

A Cadet School That Supports Your Son’s Success

Life as a cadet at Riverside Military Academy isn’t just fun -- it’s meaningful and transformative. Of all the 500+ cadets that attend Riverside Military Academy, nearly all are boarding students. And as much as cadet life is about academics and athletics, it’s also about what happens outside of the classroom or practice facility.

What is Military School Like at Riverside Military Academy?

Riverside Military Academy is unique from other military cadet schools in that it teaches students the personal values of honor, patriotism, and selflessness not only through the discipline and structure of a traditional military school environment but also through every facet of cadet life. The process of overcoming challenges, from difficult exams to advanced obstacle courses, is deeply gratifying -- and facing these challenges with fellow cadets is how lasting bonds are formed.

Riverside Military Academy offers a Leader Development Program where cadets learn and implement the art and science of leadership. In addition, cadets have access to several extracurricular clubs, activities, honor societies, and more which provide further opportunities to pursue personal interests. Participation in student groups also provides opportunities for cadets to get to know each other outside of the classroom.

A Home Away from Home

At Riverside Military Academy, it’s extremely important to us that the needs of your cadet are being met. Our student services are here to support your cadet so they can focus on what truly matters… reaching their true potential.

Letter from the Commandant

Welcome to the Cadet Life section of our website. It is designed to give you an overview of the activities, opportunities, and services available to your son. The links will provide you much more detailed information than I am able to in this short message. I know that it takes a lot of trust to enroll your son in a boarding school and that you are going to have many questions along the way. Please know that we are here before, during, and after enrollment as partners in your cadet’s development.

As the Commandant of Cadets, I oversee many of the activities that occur outside of the classroom, sports fields, and theater. My role is very similar to that of a dean of students and replicates much of what you as parents do for your sons when they are not in class or practice. 96% of our 500+ cadets are boarding students ranging in ages from 12 to 18 years old. They come from 29 countries, 30 states and represent every faith and socio-economic background. So, as you can imagine, my team has a dynamic set of responsibilities critical to a cadet’s experience at Riverside.

Below is a list of some of the important facets of cadet life that the Office of the Commandant oversees:
  • Good Order and Discipline of the Corps
  • Company and Room Assignments
  • Morning and Evening Study Periods
  • Missing Assignment Tracking
  • Cadet Leadership Selection
  • Health, Security, Laundry, and Transportation Services
  • Religious Support
  • The Day Cadet Program
These are but a few of the programs I oversee that are in place to support cadet success. There is much more to explore on this site, and I hope you find the information helpful whether you are a prospective or current parent.

Lastly, I encourage you to visit campus and see the Riverside difference for yourself. I have no doubt that you will be impressed as I was the first time I visited and every day since. It is truly a remarkable place and I am proud to be a part of the team. I hope to see you soon.


James G. Spivey
Lieutenant Colonel(R), USA
Commandant of Cadets


Quick Contacts

Main Commandant Line: 1-877-492-2338 ext. 2166
Non-Emergency: 770-538-2182
Duty TAC: 770-533-2960
Emergency Line: 770-538-2187

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